- The BJP-NDPP coalition will not come in the way of “smooth implementation”
- The minister said the Centre was committed to an honourable solution
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Monday said that the BJP-NDPP coalition will not come in the way of “smooth implementation” of the proposed Naga accord, if voted to power in Nagaland.
“Our party and the government, if elected, will not come in the way of smooth implementation of the Naga accord, as and when it is signed. Rather we will cooperate,” Rijiju, the BJP’s election in-charge for Nagaland, said.
Rijiju, however, was non-committal when asked if it meant that the new government would recommend dissolution of the Assembly and holding of fresh elections, if necessary, to pave the way for implementation of the accord. He said it was not for him to comment on the issue and that it was a subject to be discussed and decided by the MLAs.
Rijiju is the BJP’s election in-charge for Nagaland. He said, in fact, no political party will come in the way of implementation of the final peace deal with the Naga insurgent group NSCN(IM), and this has been conveyed to all concerned in Nagaland.
The minister said the Centre was committed to an honourable solution, which would be acceptable to all, to the seven-decade-old insurgency in the state.
The Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations, several political parties in Nagaland had initially decided not to contest the Assembly elections on February 27 and demanded their deferment till the time the issue was resolved.
Civil society groups in Nagaland had also launched a campaign “solution before the election”. Not a single nomination was filed till the penultimate day of filing of papers on February 6, when the first batch of 22 nominations was submitted after parties softened their stand.
The Centre has already rejected one of the key demands of the NSCN (I-M), integration of the Naga-inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur into Nagaland, a sensitive issue for the three states. The BJP is in power in the three states, which are opposed to the demand.
Source Input: Indian Express